Juvenile Incarceration is an epidemic in America that has no chance of slowing down without the support and changes from the government. One problem contributing to this issue is that the justice system focuses mainly on punishing the juvenile offender through prison time, instead of taking preventative measures and supporting rehabilitation. Imprisoning juveniles is not only ineffective, as evidenced by the high recidivism rates, but it is also extremely expensive. The average annual cost of housing one juvenile in jail is $88,000. That number multiplied by the number of incarcerated juveniles, equates to an end cost to the government of approximately 21 billion dollars.
Right now we are currently living in an unjust society; a society where millions of people are breaking a law almost everyday. In Frank Trippett’s prompt, “A Red Light for Scofflaws”, he argues that laws are only considered punishable and broken if the crime at hand is ‘large’ enough. He supports his argument by stating laws that are considered ‘minor’ that are broken almost every day by the millions of Americans. He continues his argument by claiming the “slogan of the day..” as being “You 're a fool if you obey the rules.” Trippett 's main argument is that the smaller a crime is considered, the more it turns into a ‘rule’ which can be broken with little to no consequences. The author speaks in an upset tone towards millions of blind Americans who do not see their actions as punishable in today’s society.
“From 1982 to 1989”, the percentage of “drug-related murders” out of all types of murders went up “2 to 7.4 percent”. This can be attributed to the introduction of crack into society because crack was introduced during that time frame. One person said that the innocents killed in these were the casualties of fights between drug dealers who are fighting for their spot within the drug industry. The fact that innocent people were caught in the fights of drug dealers would cause people to feel unsafe where they live, scared of being the next victims of drug dealers’ violence. These fights between crack drug dealers would not have occurred had the demand for crack not been so high, thus Americans brought these fights, although unintentionally, on themselves by giving rise to a crack
“The most recent estimates suggest that between 200,000 and 300,000 youths under the age of 18 reach adult court each year through this mechanism alone,” (Chambliss 135). This is showing that there is a large group of kids that are being tried as adults by the adult court. Therefore, they must have some reasons. One major reason is that the safety of the society should be important than the benefits a child can receive in juvenile courts (Youthful 1). Second the rate of reoffending is lower if placed in an adult court and prison then if tried as an child .
The Death Penalty Protects our Society The death penalty is a punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime. William Tucker, a journalist and author of Vigilante, states that “after the death penalty was abolished, murder rates nearly tripled, rising to an all-time high in the 1980s.” Abolishing the death penalty will cause more murders in our community, and overpopulate our prisons. Many people that oppose the death penalty believe that it kills innocent people, but in reality, most innocent people are released before their sentence. Admittedly, the death penalty can sometimes be incorrectly used on the innocent, but it still remains an effective way of preventing dangerous criminals from returning to society. Despite the fact that murder rates in non-death penalty states remain lower than murder rates in death penalty states, the death penalty should be a part of our justice system because it protects society from
States that do not use Capital Punishment usually have a lower murder rate than states that do. The South, where 80 percent of all executions take place, has a higher murder rate than the North. People wouldn't want to go to prison where anything can happen. The inmates at prison hate it because they basically have no life in prison. The death penalty makes society more dangerous by further increasing violence through the brutalization effect.
Despite the recent recession, college graduates are more likely to be employed than their less educated peers. Getting a college education is important and are more likely to get employed and getting to have the experience of going to college, going to a college is not as expensive as you would think. Getting a college education is important because a college education can help you get more job offerings and better educated about the things that have an impact on your day-to-day existence. One example, the U.S. has been transformed from a manufacturing-based economy to an economy based on knowledge, and the importance of a college education today(Rogers). A college education is important to get so that can have more job offerings.
The first challenge is breaking the myth that the cost of providing facilities to educate the prisoners is exceptionally high. Many in the public might be tempted to think that college education for prisoners costs millions of dollars in addition to the money already being spent on prisons. This is because the detainees will not be in a position to contribute anything towards this form of education (Stoll, Raphael, & Project Muse, 2009, p. 45). Being one of the largest costs borne by taxpayers besides budgets in defence, healthcare, and retirement benefits, it costs somewhere between $52 billion and $70 billion dollars on average for U.S. taxpayers annually and $31,238 cost per inmate; However, cost of providing a college education for an incarcerated student only costs $ 2,000 to $4,000 a year (“Breaking the Prison Cycle”) and, in the longer term, a prison education proves to be far more beneficial than harmful in terms of cost-benefit analysis. According to a research by RAND Corporation, “a $1 investment in prison education reducing incarceration costs by $4 to $5, and those who receive a prison education have 43% less change of returning to prison than inmates who do not”(“Education and Vocational Training,” 2013).
Why College Education is Important College graduates make more money on average then people who did not attend college (Is a college). They also are more productive as members of society. People who do not go to college are more likely to be unemployed and therefore, place undue financial strain on society, making a college degree worth it to taxpayers. In addition, college allows students to explore career options. Going to college is worth it because you could make more money, it could help you get a better job, and the experience of going out on your own is beneficial for people.
On average we spend $3.7 Trillion a year due to government assistance. Right now the quality of living in America isn 't necessarily high. Increasing minimum wage could mean better living conditions for people. If people have more access to disposable money then they can make the area around them more appealing some people might be able to do things for their kids that they couldn’t do
By 1932, Americans had reversed the approval and disapproval making the disapproval rating had gone higher. Americans disapproved the prohibition because the criminality and murder went up, business’ were going down and it was impossible to enforce no alcohol. The rate of criminals went up leading to more murders when the Prohibition was enforced. Many criminals such as gangsters, racketeers, bootleggers, and dope sellers got “helped” out by prohibition. Especially in the Great Depression, were alcohol was even more wanted.
Communities of color were targeted for crimes and given larger prison sentences than their white counterparts. In the Rockefeller Drug Reform of 2009, the racial disparities significantly decreased in the early periods following the reform (Parsons, Wei, Henrichson, Drucker, & Trone, 2015). Black and Hispanic individuals, in 2008 were three-times more likely than whites to receive a prison sentence; by 2010, black and Hispanic individuals were only twice as likely to be charged than whites. Although this is still an issue that needs to be addressed, it is a significant accomplishment compared to previous years. There is still said to be harmful biases in the criminal justice system (Parsons, Wei, Henrichson, Drucker, & Trone,
In 2011 there were over 11 million Illegal immigrants living in the United States, because of illegal immigration millions of US citizens are losing jobs, money, and crimes have gone way up. It is apparent that the US government needs to crack down harder and deport all Illegal immigrants. This would help the people who grow up in the united states and finish school here, earn the jobs they deserve over less quality work for cheaper. Illegal immigrants should not be allowed to enter this country and steal jobs from US citizens. The country as a whole loses money when illegal immigrants come and use public facilities, illegal immigrants also have caused crimes to skyrocket.
Statistics and American experience have shown that the rampant spending that bases on law enforcement has caused more problems than it has solved. Focusing on sending personal drug abusers to prison not only costs the American taxpayer money, it also hurts the public schooled student of the United States by taking away needed funding. Turning to complete drug decriminalization is the only choice that would fix both the social and economic issues if the drug filled America we know today. To quote Matt Groff, a documentary filmmaker whose newest film is about America’s unwinnable wars, “Drug use and abuse exists on a spectrum and as a society we must accept that some portion of the population will be addicted to drugs even if we don’t like it”. Decriminalizing drugs would allow current addicts to receive the help that they need, and also let law enforcement focus more on the large gangs that control the drug trade.